|Friday, 14 October 2011 16:07|
Many have forecasted the upcoming 13th General Election will mark the end of MCA seeing as the party has lost its grip on the Chinese voters who had swung to DAP. The way things are going it’s hard to believe that MCA will be able to rise from its poor results in their last outing in the 2008 elections.
However, to dismiss MCA altogether would not be realistic. MCA still have the power to turn things around under its Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. For one, the 62-year old Chinese-based party is the second largest party in the BN coalition so it has the experience, resources and high-caliber leaders as well as strong grass root supporters.
Looking at MCA’s current predicament, its president Chua Soi Lek has a huge uphill battle in convincing his party members that he has the vision that will uplift the party. A sex scandal would be detrimental to a Malay politician, however, it is not so in Chua’s case. After all, he had stepped down from all party posts after his sex video came out in the open but only to be reelected as party president shortly after. The ‘promotion’ in itself was also controversial but, whether we like it or not, this proves that Chua still have a lot of supporters even after his sex scandal were exposed. That’s the difference between the Malays and the Chinese. For the Chinese, it’s all about the work rate and results. For many of them, if a leader is known to have a vice, that’s their business so long as they are an effective leader is what matters most. For the sake of argument, you can look at this way: Winston Churchill is known to be a heavy drinker and had (at least) one mistress; meanwhile, Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian who doesn’t drink. Bill Clinton would be another political leader who pretty much got away with having a sex scandal exposed (and he lied by not admitting that he had sex with his then intern Monica Lewinsky at first).
*The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer.